I agree that tourists need to be informed about the locals' cultural and religious sensibilities regarding skimpy attire by the travel agents or guides, and I am sure that tourists will understand the reasons.
When I first visited Bali, I experienced reverse culture shock when I saw tourists walking about the town center in their bikinis and skimpy swim briefs. It is true that the beach is just a stone's throw's away but still ... I think the Balinese, predominantly Hindus, have learnt to live with the antics and attire of the tourists because tourism is the life blood of the island. I would not be shocked to see people dressed in skimpy swim wear, had I been walking along the beaches of California. To me that would be normal considering the surroundings and the culture of the land.
Dress code for tourists not needed
KUALA TERENGGANU: A suggestion to introduce a standard dress code for tourists was rejected by the state government which said the move was unwarranted.
State Industrial Development and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera said the code was unnecessary as tourists were matured enough to know how to be dressed for the various occasions.
“What we can do is to brief the tourists here on the locals’ preference and the dos and don’ts,” he said.
Mohamed said the onus of advising the tourists was on tour agencies and they (tourist guides) could tell tourists what to expect.
“We will also educate the tourists not to dress scantily in public areas,” he said.
Terengganu Tourist Association chairman Wan Mohd Ariffin Wan Long had suggested that a dress code be introduced so that tourists know how to dress appropriately, and it could be published in brochures and pamphlets.
He said the move would address the sensitivity of the local culture, as some tourists were seen clad sexily.
He said such move would not jeopardise the local tourism industry as Terengganu was blessed with natural wonders.